A mummified bison which is thought to be more than 9000 years old has been uncovered in Siberia. History has revealed that during its existence the world population could have been just five million. Most of the tribes which lived around 7000 BCE were hunters and experts believe that this steppe bison was driven far by hunters into the freezing north.
The Bison has been found in a mummified state in Siberia. The discovery of a steppe bison, which they found still buried in the ground was first reported by the Yukagir tribe in northern Siberia. The Steppe Bison are an ancestor of the modern Bison which is still found in Europe and North America.
The bison is relatively well preserved and was transported to the Yakutian Academy of Sciences in Siberia. An autopsy is scheduled later. The mummified Steppe bison still have their heart, lungs and digestive system intact. The internal organs are found to be nearly intact though there was a paucity of fat inside the animal. This could mean that the animal had died due to starvation.
The mummified is the third one to be found complete. According to Olga Potapova, of the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota two adult specimens of mummified bisons are being preserved in a frozen condition. The internal organs if the mummified steppe bison is preserved by a deep-freezing process.
According to Olga Potapova, “The Yukagir bison mummy became the third find now known complete mummies of this species discovered in the world, and one out of two adult specimens that are being kept preserved with internal organs and stored in frozen conditions”.
According to Tech Times, “Fur and other soft details of the animal are still preserved by the deep-freezing process. The heart, lungs, and digestive system of the mummified creature were found nearly intact. Some organs were smaller than they would have been when the animal was alive, but that is expected, given the age of the age of the specimen.”